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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149524/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-fetal-outcomes-following-the-administration-of-influenza-a-h1n1-vaccination-during-pregnancy
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Chuan Zhang, Xiaodong Wang, Dan Liu, Lingli Zhang, Xin Sun
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women were identified as a population of priority for vaccination during the H1N1 influenza pandemic breaking out in 2009. OBJECTIVES: To assess adverse fetal outcomes following the administration of H1N1 pandemic vaccination during pregnancy. SEARCH STRATEGY: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched up to January 2017. SELECTION CRITERIA: Cohort studies investigating fetal outcomes after H1N1 influenza vaccination during pregnancy were eligible...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146286/-genital-herpes-and-pregnancy-epidemiology-clinical-manifestations-prevention-and-screening-guidelines-for-clinical-practice-from-the-french-college-of-gynecologists-and-obstetrician-cngof
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O Picone
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the consequences of genital herpes infections in pregnant women. METHODS: The PubMed database and the recommendations from the French and foreign obstetrical societies or colleges have been consulted. RESULTS: The symptomatology of herpes genital rash is often atypical (NP2) and not different during pregnancy (Professional consensus). It is most often due to HSV2 (NP2). Seventy percent of pregnant patients have a history of infection with Herpes simplex virus, without reference to genital or labial localization, and this is in most cases type 1 (NP2)...
November 13, 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144536/isolation-and-whole-genome-sequencing-of-fetal-cells-from-maternal-blood-towards-the-ultimate-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
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Fang Chen, Ping Liu, Ying Gu, Zhu Zhu, Amulya Nanisetti, Zhangzhang Lan, Zhiwei Huang, Sophie Jia Liu, Xiongbin Kang, Yuqing Deng, Liqiong Luo, Dan Jiang, Yong Qiu, Jianchang Pan, Jun Xia, Ken Xiong, Chao Liu, Lin Xie, Qianyu Shi, Jing Li, Xiuqing Zhang, Wei Wang, Snezana Drmanac, Hui Jiang, Radoje Drmanac, Xun Xu
OBJECTIVE: To develop a methodology of isolating fetal cells from maternal blood and use deep sequencing demonstrating the promise for more complete and accurate genetic screening compared to other non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). METHODS: Here in this study, we developed a double negative selection (DNS) procedure to unbiasedly enrich fetal cells. After validated by short tandem repeat (STR), the isolated CFCs were subjected to deep whole genome sequencing analysis (WGS)...
November 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138037/genetic-predisposition-to-preeclampsia-is-conferred-by-fetal-dna-variants-near-flt1-a-gene-involved-in-the-regulation-of-angiogenesis
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Kathryn J Gray, Richa Saxena, S Ananth Karumanchi
Preeclampsia risk is influenced by both the mother's genetic background, as well as the genetics of her fetus; however, the specific genes responsible for conferring preeclampsia risk have largely remained elusive. Evidence that preeclampsia has a genetic predisposition was first detailed in the early 1960's, and overall preeclampsia heritability is estimated at ∼55%. Many traditional gene discovery approaches have been employed to investigate the specific genes that contribute to preeclampsia risk, but these have largely not been successful or reproducible...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136159/associations-between-maternal-lifestyle-factors-and-neonatal-body-composition-in-the-screening-for-pregnancy-endpoints-cork-cohort-study
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Darren L Dahly, Xia Li, Hazel A Smith, Ali S Khashan, Deirdre M Murray, Mairead E Kiely, Jonathan O'B Hourihane, Fergus P McCarthy, Louise C Kenny, Patricia M Kearney
Background: Neonatal body composition likely mediates fetal influences on life long chronic disease risk. A better understanding of how maternal lifestyle is related to newborn body composition could thus inform intervention efforts. Methods: Using Cork participant data (n = 1754) from the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) cohort study [ECM5(10)05/02/08], we estimated how pre-pregnancy body size, gestational weight gain, exercise, alcohol, smoking and diet were related to neonatal fat and fat-free mass, as well as length and gestational age at birth, using quantile regression...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133069/relaxin-2-connecting-peptide-pro-rlx2-levels-in-second-trimester-serum-samples-to-predict-preeclampsia
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Miriam Rehfeldt, Elizabeth Eklund, Joachim Struck, Andrea Sparwasser, Barbara O'Brien, Glenn E Palomaki, Josef Köhrle, Andreas Bergmann, Geralyn Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy, threatening fetal and maternal health. The aim of our study is to examine the association between preeclampsia and the connecting peptide of the pregnancy hormone relaxin (pro-RLX2) as a potential new biochemical marker. STUDY DESIGN: This is a nested case/control study derived from the cohort of pregnancies delivering at Women & Infants Hospital. Cases were identified at a clinic or by hospital codes, and individually confirmed by record review...
November 7, 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132800/fetal-bone-marrow-homing-of-donor-mesenchymal-stem-cells-after-transamniotic-stem-cell-therapy-trascet
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Hester F Shieh, Azra Ahmed, Sarah A Tracy, David Zurakowski, Dario O Fauza
PURPOSE: Donor cell engraftment patterns following transamniotic stem cell therapy (TRASCET) with amniotic fluid mesenchymal stem cells (afMSCs) are incompatible with solely direct amniotic seeding. We sought to determine whether fetal bone marrow is a component of such engraftment and to examine the chronology of afMSC placental trafficking. METHODS: Two groups of Sprague-Dawley rat fetuses received volume-matched intraamniotic injections on gestational day 17 (E17; term E22): either afMSCs labeled with a luciferase reporter gene or luciferase protein alone...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131362/sex-discordance-identification-following-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
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Ebony J Richardson, Fergus P Scott, Andrew C McLennan
OBJECTIVE: To characterize genotype-phenotype discordance identified in the routine clinical setting, and explore the associated diagnostic and counseling challenges. METHOD: Cases were derived from a cohort of pregnant women who attended a multi-site specialist prenatal screening and ultrasound service for non-invasive prenatal testing by cell-free DNA analysis and mid-trimester fetal morphology assessment. RESULTS: Seven cases of genotype-phenotype discordance were identified from a cohort of 12,919 women between June 2013 - March 2017 (incidence 1/1845 pregnancies)...
November 13, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131052/prenatal-screening-for-22q11-2-deletion-using-a-targeted-microarray-based-cell-free-dna-test
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Maximilian Schmid, Eric Wang, Patrick E Bogard, Elisa Bevilacqua, Coleen Hacker, Susie Wang, Jigna Doshi, Karen White, Jennifer Kaplan, Andrew Sparks, Jacques C Jani, Renee Stokowski
OBJECTIVE: To determine the performance of a targeted microarray-based cell-free DNA (cfDNA) test (Harmony Prenatal Test®) for the identification of pregnancies at increased risk for 22q11.2 deletion. METHODS: Test performance was determined in 2 steps including a total of 1,953 plasma samples. Analytical validation was performed in 1,736 plasma samples. Clinical verification of performance was performed in an additional 217 prospectively ascertained samples from pregnancies with fetal deletion status determined by diagnostic testing...
November 8, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130077/study-of-the-factors-leading-to-fetal-and-neonatal-dysthyroidism-in-children-of-patients-with-graves-disease
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Maïa Banigé, Candice Estellat, Valerie Biran, Luc Desfrere, Valerie Champion, Alexandra Benachi, Yves Ville, Marc Dommergues, Pierre-Henri Jarreau, Mostafa Mokhtari, Claire Boithias, Frederic Brioude, Laurent Mandelbrot, Pierre-François Ceccaldi, Delphine Mitanchez, Michel Polak, Dominique Luton
Context: Neonatal hyperthyroidism was first described in 1912 and in 1964 was shown to be linked to transplacental passage of maternal antibodies. Few multicenter studies have described the perinatal factors leading to fetal and neonatal dysthyroidism. Objective: To show how fetal dysthyroidism (FD) and neonatal dysthyroidism (ND) can be predicted from perinatal variables, in particular, the levels of anti-thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAbs) circulating in the mother and child...
June 2017: J Endocr Soc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128504/biophysical-comparison-of-sodium-currents-in-native-cardiac-myocytes-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Robert J Goodrow, Suveer Desai, Jacqueline A Treat, Brian K Panama, Mayurika Desai, Vladislav V Nesterenko, Jonathan M Cordeiro
INTRODUCTION: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are used for safety pharmacology and to investigate genetic diseases affecting cardiac ion channels. It is unclear whether adult myocytes or hiPSC-CMs are the better platform for cardiac safety pharmacology. We examined the biophysical and molecular properties of INa in adult myocytes and hiPSC-CMs. METHODS: hiPSC-CMs were plated at low density. Atrial and ventricular cells were obtained from dog hearts...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128491/screening-for-fetal-chromosomal-and-subchromosomal-disorders
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REVIEW
Sarah Harris, Dallas Reed, Neeta L Vora
Screening for fetal chromosomal disorders has evolved greatly over the last four decades. Initially, only maternal age-related risks of aneuploidy were provided to patients. This was followed by screening with maternal serum analytes and ultrasound markers, followed by the introduction and rapid uptake of maternal plasma cell-free DNA-based screening. Studies continue to demonstrate that cfDNA screening for common aneuploidies has impressive detection rates with low false-positive rates. The technology continues to push the boundaries of prenatal screening as it is now possible to screen for less common aneuploidies and subchromosomal disorders...
November 8, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126301/coagulation-testing-in-the-core-laboratory
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William E Winter, Sherri D Flax, Neil S Harris
Primary hemostasis begins with endothelial injury. VWF, produced by endothelial cells, binds to platelets and links them to subendothelial collagen. Platelet-derived ADP and thromboxane activate non-adhered platelets via their GPIIb/IIIa receptors, allowing these platelets to participate in platelet aggregation. Secondary hemostasis is initiated with the binding of factor VII to extravascular tissue factor (TF). Factors II, VII, IX and X are vitamin K-dependent factors. The role of vitamin K is to assist in the addition of gamma carboxylate groups to glutamic acids in the "GLA" domains of these factors...
November 8, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125674/women-s-preference-for-non-invasive-prenatal-dna-testing-nipt-versus-chromosomal-microarray-after-screening-for-down-syndrome-a-prospective-study
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Yvonne Kwun Yue Cheng, Wing Cheong Leung, Tak Yeung Leung, Kwong Wai Choy, Rossa Wai Kwun Chiu, Tsz-Kin Lo, Ka Yin Kwok, Daljit Singh Sahota
OBJECTIVE: To examine preference for follow-up test in women screened high or intermediate risk in 1(st) or 2(nd) trimester Down syndrome screening. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Three public hospitals in Hong Kong, China. SAMPLE: Women with term high risk ≥ 1:250 (HR) or intermediate risk 1:251-1:1200 (IR). METHODS: Women screened high risk were asked to decide among 1) an invasive test plus chromosomal microarray (CMA) to obtain more detailed fetal genetic information, 2) a non-invasive cell free prenatal DNA screening (NIPT) to detect trisomies 13, 18 and 21 to avoid procedure related miscarriage, and 3) decline further testing...
November 10, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125628/genomics-based-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-detection-of-fetal-chromosomal-aneuploidy-in-pregnant-women
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REVIEW
Mylène Badeau, Carmen Lindsay, Jonatan Blais, Leon Nshimyumukiza, Yemisi Takwoingi, Sylvie Langlois, France Légaré, Yves Giguère, Alexis F Turgeon, William Witteman, François Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Common fetal aneuploidies include Down syndrome (trisomy 21 or T21), Edward syndrome (trisomy 18 or T18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13 or T13), Turner syndrome (45,X), Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), Triple X syndrome (47,XXX) and 47,XYY syndrome (47,XYY). Prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidies is standard care in many countries, but current biochemical and ultrasound tests have high false negative and false positive rates. The discovery of fetal circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) in maternal blood offers the potential for genomics-based non-invasive prenatal testing (gNIPT) as a more accurate screening method...
November 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121458/placental-drug-transport-on-a-chip-a-microengineered-in-vitro-model-of-transporter-mediated-drug-efflux-in-the-human-placental-barrier
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Cassidy Blundell, Yoon-Suk Yi, Lin Ma, Emily R Tess, Megan J Farrell, Andrei Georgescu, Lauren M Aleksunes, Dongeun Huh
The current lack of knowledge about the effect of maternally administered drugs on the developing fetus is a major public health concern worldwide. The first critical step toward predicting the safety of medications in pregnancy is to screen drug compounds for their ability to cross the placenta. However, this type of preclinical study has been hampered by the limited capacity of existing in vitro and ex vivo models to mimic physiological drug transport across the maternal-fetal interface in the human placenta...
November 9, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121006/origin-and-clinical-relevance-of-chromosomal-aberrations-other-than-the-common-trisomies-detected-by-genome-wide-nips-results-of-the-trident-study
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Diane Van Opstal, Merel C van Maarle, Klaske Lichtenbelt, Marjan M Weiss, Heleen Schuring-Blom, Shama L Bhola, Mariette J V Hoffer, Karin Huijsdens-van Amsterdam, Merryn V Macville, Angelique J A Kooper, Brigitte H W Faas, Lutgarde Govaerts, Gita M Tan-Sindhunata, Nicolette den Hollander, Ilse Feenstra, Robert-Jan H Galjaard, Dick Oepkes, Stijn Ghesquiere, Rutger W W Brouwer, Lean Beulen, Sander Bollen, Martin G Elferink, Roy Straver, Lidewij Henneman, Godelieve C Page-Christiaens, Erik A Sistermans
PurposeNoninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) using cell-free DNA in maternal blood is highly sensitive for detecting fetal trisomies 21, 18, and 13. Using a genome-wide approach, other chromosome anomalies can also be detected. We report on the origin, frequency, and clinical significance of these other chromosome aberrations found in pregnancies at risk for trisomy 21, 18, or 13.MethodsWhole-genome shallow massively parallel sequencing was used and all autosomes were analyzed.ResultsIn 78 of 2,527 cases (3...
October 2, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120459/informative-priors-on-fetal-fraction-increase-power-of-the-noninvasive-prenatal-screen
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Hanli Xu, Shaowei Wang, Lin-Lin Ma, Shuai Huang, Lin Liang, Qian Liu, Yang-Yang Liu, Ke-Di Liu, Ze-Min Tan, Hao Ban, Yongtao Guan, Zuhong Lu
PurposeNoninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) sequences a mixture of the maternal and fetal cell-free DNA. Fetal trisomy can be detected by examining chromosomal dosages estimated from sequencing reads. The traditional method uses the Z-test, which compares a subject against a set of euploid controls, where the information of fetal fraction is not fully utilized. Here we present a Bayesian method that leverages informative priors on the fetal fraction.MethodOur Bayesian method combines the Z-test likelihood and informative priors of the fetal fraction, which are learned from the sex chromosomes, to compute Bayes factors...
November 9, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118264/accumulation-of-5-oxoproline-in-myocardial-dysfunction-and-the-protective-effects-of-oplah
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Atze van der Pol, Andres Gil, Herman H W Silljé, Jasper Tromp, Ekaterina S Ovchinnikova, Inge Vreeswijk-Baudoin, Martijn Hoes, Ibrahim J Domian, Bart van de Sluis, Jan M van Deursen, Adriaan A Voors, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Wiek H van Gilst, Eugene Berezikov, Pim van der Harst, Rudolf A de Boer, Rainer Bischoff, Peter van der Meer
In response to heart failure (HF), the heart reacts by repressing adult genes and expressing fetal genes, thereby returning to a more fetal-like gene profile. To identify genes involved in this process, we carried out transcriptional analysis on murine hearts at different stages of development and on hearts from adult mice with HF. Our screen identified Oplah, encoding for 5-oxoprolinase, a member of the γ-glutamyl cycle that functions by scavenging 5-oxoproline. OPLAH depletion occurred as a result of cardiac injury, leading to elevated 5-oxoproline and oxidative stress, whereas OPLAH overexpression improved cardiac function after ischemic injury...
November 8, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115077/identification-of-epstein-barr-virus-in-the-human-placenta-and-its-pathologic-characteristics
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Younghoon Kim, Hye Sung Kim, Joong Shin Park, Chong Jai Kim, Woo Ho Kim
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a common pathogen in humans, is suspected as the cause of multiple pregnancy-related pathologies including depression, preeclampsia, and stillbirth. Moreover, transmission of EBV through the placenta has been reported. However, the focus of EBV infection within the placenta has remained unknown to date. In this study, we proved the expression of latent EBV genes in the endometrial glandular epithelial cells of the placenta and investigated the cytological characteristics of these cells...
December 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
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